Actor Shweta Basu Prasad who won million hearts with her performances in Makdee and Iqbal as a child actor is back with a short film Interior Café Night, which is getting rave reviews. The film, which also features Naseeruddion Shah has been co-produced by Shweta and directed by her schoolmate Adhiraj Bose.
“The movie was shot and completed in 2014. Adhiraj Bose and I went to school together. I have known him for 8 years now! I loved the script, because he is a friend I knew what was he working on. We wanted to work together as one team ever since we were teenagers, I am happy it’s finally come true,” Basu told The Indian Express.
Basu, who started her career as a child artist in the famous TV serial Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, doesn’t follow Indian TV shows today but believes with the rising popularity of web series and short films, TV contents have also changed and will get bolder in coming time. The actor, however, like historical series on television and is currently working on a telefilm based on Chandragupt Maurya, produced by Balaji Telefilms.
“I don’t follow Indian television much. I do like historical series, hence I was drawn to Chandragupt as well. My favorite has been Sarabhai vs Sarabhai so far on Indian TV. I do see a lot of changes, a lot shows becoming finite series, keeping their stories and plots concise. With web content also coming in, I hope TV will also get bolder in content in the coming time. Anil Kapoor’s 24 and Anurag Basu’s Stories By Rabindranath Tagore are fine examples of that,” said Basu.
The actor, however, refused to speak on the controversial case she was embroiled in two years ago and said she believes in hard work and getting work on merit. On being asked about the film that director Hansal Mehta had promised to make with her after the controversy, Basu said, “I guess when you’re in news everyone offers you work. No, Hansal Mehta never offered me any movie officially, even if he did, I would have refused it. I can get work on my merit. I audition and do screen tests like any other actress. Doing a film with Hansal Mehta would have set a wrong example, and I wouldn’t have allowed that.”
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She is also grateful to her parents to keep her grounded after the success of Makdee and Iqbal. “My parents’ priority was always my education. I shot for Makdee and Iqbal during school holidays. My parents stopped taking offers after Iqbal as they wanted me to have a ‘normal’ childhood. They never made a big deal about me winning the National Award too. It’s past few years, I realised its importance. I am grateful to them for keeping me grounded and not exploiting me, unlike a lot of child artists who do 200-300 commercials and work non-stop all their teenage,” said Basu when asked about how she managed to shoot and concentrate on studies in her childhood.